What is hypertext?

  • (noun): Machine-readable text that is not sequential but is organized so that related items of information are connected.
    Example: "Let me introduce the word hypertext to mean a body of written or pictorial material interconnected in such a complex way that it could not conveniently be presented or represented on paper"--Ted Nelson


Hypertext is text displayed on a computer or other electronic device with references (hyperlinks) to other text that the reader can immediately access, usually by a mouse click, keypress sequence or by touching the screen. Apart from running text, hypertext may contain tables, images and other presentational devices. Hypertext is the underlying concept defining the structure of the World Wide Web. It is an easy-to-use and flexible format to share information over the Internet.

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Some articles on hypertext:

... ” The literary hypertext authoring system known as Literatronica was developed by Juan B Gutierrez ... Instead of relying solely on static hypertext links (for the system allows these as well), it uses an AI engine to recommend the best next pages based on what ... radically revises the 1990s notions of literary hypertext as Modernist collage to the "original" notions of Arpanet as document sharing, where speed of access was put before what Espen Aarseth calls the aporia of ...
Stretch Text
... StretchText is a hypertext feature which hasn't gained mass adoption in systems like the WWW, but which gives more control to the reader in determining ... StretchText is similar to existing hypertext system where a link provides a more descriptive or exhaustive explanation of something, but there is a key difference between a link and a piece of ... A link completely replaces the current piece of hypertext with the destination, whereas stretchtext expands or contracts the content in place ...
Eastgate Systems
... in Watertown, Massachusetts, which publishes hypertext ... Eastgate is a pioneer in the hypertext publishing and electronic literature and one of the best known publishers of hypertext fiction, publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry ... Its software tools include Storyspace, a hypertext system created by Jay David Bolter, Michael Joyce, and John B ...
History Of The Web Browser - 1980s To Early 1990s
... Neil Larson's commercial DOS Maxthink outline program added angle bracket hypertext jumps (adopted by later web browsers) to and from ASCII, batch, and other ... that supported 2500 topics cross-connected with 7500 links in each file along with hypertext links among unlimited numbers of external ASCII, batch, and other Houdini files ... browser programs HyperRez (memory resident) and PC Hypertext (which also added jumps to programs, editors, graphic files containing hot spots jumps, and cross-linked theraurus/glossary files) ...